Using InTeGrate Modules and Courses
What you get with InTeGrate Materials
InTeGrate has developed materials that span a range of scales, from 2-3 week modules to semester-long courses. All of these materials are presented here with a common structure, consisting of an instructor resources, student materials, and answer keys.
The instructor materials section also includes a set of Instructor Stories, where you'll find more details about how your peers adapted a specific course or module to their academic setting.
These resources are available for free online. If you'd like to explore the instructor resources offline, you can download a PDF or zipped html file of the entire module or course.
Four versions of the student materials are provided:
- Web-based evaluation version: A web version of the students materials sits within the instructor's materials so that you can easily explore them. This web version has a brief instructor's note at the top of each page which provides a link to the other versions.
- Web-based student version: A second web version has the same content, but sits apart from the rest of the InTeGrate site and has no explicit links back to the instructor's materials. This version is perfect for your students. If you provide them with this url they'll be able to get the information intended for them without immediate access to the larger website.
- Downloadable PDF: A download link in the upper right corner of the web-based student materials provides access to an identical copy of the materials in PDF format that is suitable for printing.
- Downloadable zip file for integration into LMS: A stand-alone version of all the html content that makes up the student web pages can also be downloaded. This set of files is provided in a single zip archive which you can download, unzip on your local computer, and rework to suit your needs. This zip file is compliant with the IMS Common Cartridge format, which means you may be able to upload the zip file directly into your local learning management system (e.g. Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, etc.), allowing your students to access this local version.
While all of the InTeGrate materials are free to use, some of the materials would lose their value if they were easily available to everyone. Within the instructor's materials, you'll find some answer keys and assessment instruments that are only downloadable by verified instructors. If you try to download these you'll be directed to fill out a simple form to validate that you are an instructor (and not a student looking for easy answers). You'll only need to go through this simple process once, then you'll have access to all the instructor materials across all of InTeGrate. If you've participated in On the Cutting Edge workshops or are a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers you likely already have an account that is pre-approved and can download instructor-only materials immediately as long as you use the same email address you registered with.
The Materials are Designed with Adaptation in Mind
Pick and Choose Just the Parts That Will Work for You
While the materials have been designed to work effectively in the particular sequenced presented, we expect many instructors will want to pick just the pieces that fit their needs rather than adopting an entire module or course. We've documented each individual activity so that it can stand alone and be integrated into your existing courses as you see fit. Feel free to take pieces of the activities, student materials or any of the supporting documents.
And if you have ideas about how to use the materials that you want to share, please let us know! We're happy to spread the word.